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Slides and Fractures

Just something I came across and wanted to share:

Broken legs from sliding down the slide are a common playground injury in children aged 14-32 months.  You may already know this, but the reason is what I didn’t know:  This happens most often when the child is sitting on an adult’s lap while sliding. These findings were published in The Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. It makes sense when you think about it- the adult’s weight propels the duo down the slide, and if a tiny foot gets stuck on the side (which happens often) it can result in a tibia fracture.

Conclusion? From the Journal: “If the child is unable to use the slide independently, another activity would be more appropriate.”